Friday, September 12, 2014

Where is your ticket from Zurich to New York?

Where is your ticket from Zurich to New York?
Read the true adventure story of a 16 year-old solo traveler starting on page 148 in book Fun Magazine 

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

This week America again observes 9/11. 
Read an author interview and information about the middle grade action-adventure,                         When The Lights Go Out. 
So we never forget

Thursday, September 04, 2014

9/11 - Terrorism - and An Action/Adventure Mystery for Middle Grade Readers


 Updated for 9/11/2014
Some dates burn deeply into our collective memory forever. I will never forget where I was and what I was doing on September 11, 2001. You probably know the same. Your children, quite possibly, were not yet born before 9/11, and you will have to explain that famous date to them at an appropriate time. They need your explanation of this shocking and tragic even in America. 
Max Elliot Anderson has dedicated his latest adventure fiction, When the Lights Go Out (Comfort Publishing, 2012), to “the memory of 9/11 and the people who lost their lives that day, so we never forget.” Anderson has written numerous adventure books geared for eight-to thirteen-year-old boys.
Peyton Aldrich, the central character, is the son of a US Army colonel who specializes in intelligence. Colonel Aldrich’s top-secret work leaves young Peyton curious yet proud of his father who was recently stationed at a new army base in the middle of nowhere along with his family. The colonel has an important job protecting the country from terrorists. When Peyton and his friends accidentally discover a dangerous plot on the base, they determine to stop it. Will the terrorists catch them? What will happen if the evil plan succeeds? This fast-paced story lives up to Anderson’s previous books. It will hold young readers’ attention right up to the surprise ending.
Marilyn Rockett is Editor in Chief of Homeschooling Today Magazine

Article about 9/11, kids, and a NEW book

Article about 9/11, kids, and a NEW book, 
When The Lights Go Out

"The best book ever!"

Posted on Facebook 
"My 12 yo son has read this three times... My 10 yo son was finally able to get it away from him to read it himself. He declared it the best book ever! :) Thank you!"

Help kids understand anniversary of 9/11

I want to make sure you are aware of a book, When The Lights Go Out, especially with what is now in the news daily about terrorist threats. This is an adventure / mystery for readers 8 - 13 with a terrorist plot. 

In the story, the father of the main character is able to tell his kids why he joined the army instead of going into business. He says, "After what happened on 9/11, somebody had to help keep the country safe." This opens a short discussion with his two children in which he briefly recounts the events of that day.

I found, while speaking in schools, that many children today know little or nothing about 9/11 or why it's important to them. When The Lights Go Out will help teachers, librarians, grandparents, and parents with this issue.

Students don’t know much about it and it isn’t an important part of the curriculum. There may be pockets of areas where this isn’t true, but I’m not aware of those.
On a recent national news program, I saw some man-on-the-street interviews of young people in their late teens and early twenties. A few could explain what took place on 9/11, but sadly, most had no idea.

We can NOT allow this to continue. 
Please tell as many people as possible about
When the Lights Go Out.          I signed copies at a recent ICRS show in Atlanta.

Video When the Lights Go Out 

Max Elliot Anderson

Amazon link for When the Lights Go Out

Amazon Author Page
Author Video
My Youtube Videos Including Several              Other Middle Grade Book Trailers

Monday, September 01, 2014

My Book Trailers and Other Videos

Here are links to a number of videos you might find of interest concerning the action-adventures and mysteries I write for middle grade readers.

Max Elliot Anderson

Author Video - 

The Accidental Adventures Series -

Guys, Read A Book - 

Imagine - 

North Woods Poachers - 

Lost Island Smugglers - 

Legend of The White Wolf - 

Captain Jack’s Treasure - 

River Rampage - 

Barney and The Runaway - 

When The Lights Go Out - 

Monday, August 25, 2014

(AR) - Accelerated Reader and Middle Grade Mysteries & Adventures

An Open Letter to Teachers, Librarians, Parents, and Students about Middle Grade Mysteries & Adventures and Accelerated Reader
I grew up hating to read in spite of the fact my father was the author of over 70 books during his lifetime. Some of these were books for children. Since we lose many of our young readers after middle grade, I’m focusing my attention on mysteries and adventures for these readers.
Accelerated Reader – With school just starting again, you already understand the affect this point system has on young readers. Several of my early books received AR tests so students who read them could earn points.
Early on, some of my books were included in the AR system. Then the publisher went bankrupt during the economic turndown. Since then, some of those books have been republished.
My 2 Books That Currently Have AR Tests Available:

Newspaper Caper
Anderson, Max Elliot
AR Quiz No. 108918 EN Fiction
 IL: MG - BL: 4.0 - AR Pts: 3.0
 AR Quiz Types: RP
Tom Stevens convinces his friends to get in shape for football by delivering newspapers, but they may wind up front-page news in the very paper they 
North Woods Poachers
Anderson, Max Elliot
AR Quiz No. 108919 EN Fiction
 IL: MG - BL: 4.0 - AR Pts: 4.0
 AR Quiz Types: RP
Andy Washburn is tired of taking the same old vacation every summer and vows to make this summer different. In the end, Andy learns the concepts of family tradition and that God loves justice while He hates injustice.

A Previous Book That Has an AR Test: This book could use a new test connected with the new ISBN, or simply have the old test moved to the new ISBN.
TITLE                                    OLD ISBN                    NEW ISBN
Legend of the White Wolf        9780975288030            9781936695690
Can You Help? Here is a list of books that have not received their AR tests. I understand that test questions can be developed by teachers, libraries, parents, and students and it would be greatly appreciated if you could help in this area.
New Titles That Need AR Tests Developed
TITLE                                                                                               ISBN

Lost Island Smugglers – Sam Cooper series 1             9781935600022

Captain Jack’s Treasure – Sam Cooper series 2                   9781935600145

River Rampage – Sam Cooper 3                                 9781935600152

Terror at Wolf Lake                                                     9781936695966

Barney and the Runaway                                            9780984559848

When The Lights Go Out      (A 9/11 story)               9781936695478

The Scarecrow                                                              9781478301301 

More Books Coming Soon: At the present time, I have contracts for 13 more middle grade action-adventures and mysteries.

-         6 books from education publisher Chestnut Publishing in Toronto.

o   Third House on the Left          Bullies

o   Midnight Shadows                            Alcohol awareness

o   The House Next Door             Drug awareness - hydroponics

o   Rail Yard Bandits                             Stealing

o   The Secret Tunnel                             Honor, importance of a good name

o   Forest of Fear                          Environment

-         The Accidental Adventures of Kurt Benson and His Friends Riley and Jordan. This is an open-ended series from Elk Lake Publishing

o   The Cat Burglars

o   Funny Money Mystery

o   The Secret of Grandmother’s Grandfather Clock

o   Summer Camp Troubles

o   More titles to follow

-         3 books from Comfort Publishing

o   Mysterious Cabin

o   The Great Cave Caper

o   Mischief After Midnight
In any case, I want to thank everyone who has purchased, recommended, read, or otherwise gotten a copy of one or more of my books. And I want to thank each of you who will do so in the future. But I also hope that, if you’re in a position to do it, you’ll help in getting my books into the AR system. Following are some additional links about my work.
Thank you,
Max Elliot Anderson
Contact                                                                              Amazon Author Page
Author Video
My Youtube Videos

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

This Blog Just Voted BLOG OF THE MONTH at Book Fun Magazine


From the very beginning, this blog has intended to reach out to young, middle grade readers, especially boys, in the hope of encouraging them to read. As part of that goal, I sat at my computer and, over the space of three years, wrote thirty-six action adventure and mystery manuscripts for this age group. So it’s an honor to have my Books For Boys blog voted as the best this month by people who love to read.

Book Fun Magazine now reaches nearly 400,000 readers. And subscriptions are FREE if you’re interested. 
In the August issue, you’ll find a feature article/interview about my work, written by Karen Whiting
The article and interview can be found on pages 48 - 53 at this link
At the present time, I have contracts for 13 more adventure and mystery books. One of those contracts is with Elk Lake Publishing. The series title is
“The Accidental Adventures of Kurt Benson and His Friends, Riley and Jordan.” The first three titles in the series are, 
The Cat Burglars
Funny Money Mystery, and 
The Secret of Grandmother’s Grandfather Clock.
They’ll be coming soon, and more books are planned for this exciting series.

My thanks to all who voted for this blog. Winning Blog of the Month just proves there continues to be a strong interest in books that parents, teachers, librarians, and other adults can trust for kids.
Book Trailer for the Accidental Advenures series
Amazon Author Page

One of the magazine’s missions is to bring authors and readers together. They accomplish this in various ways which you’ll learn about if you click on their link. And remember, your subscription is FREE

The article and interview can be found on pages 48 - 53 at this link

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Church Bookstores Are On The Front Lines To Get Kids Interested In Reading

How can church bookstores help to get middle grade readers, especially boys, interested in reading?

Bookstore managers will likely agree that they stand on the front lines of this issue and are in the perfect position to reach out to children in their congregations. I would challenge managers and bookstore staff to take multiple steps to encourage boys to read.
·         Stock the kinds of books kids like to read. Many churches today can be tempted to focus on adult books. This alone discourages young boys from visiting the bookstore. Churches should actively combat this current trend because churches are in the perfect position to impact young readers.

·         Bookstore managers can also begin a reading tutoring program in order to help children who are at risk.

·         Encourage dads in the church to be obvious about reading in front of their children.

·         Create a brief presentation to give to the adult classes and small groups in the church about the importance of reading. This presentation should be given to the young parents and older adults alike, as grandparents can help to influence their grandchildren the same as parents, aunts, and uncles. Such a presentation could also be tailored for use in reaching out to young readers in their own Sunday school classes.

·         Add a quarterly notice in the bulletin which targets young readers.
Amazon Author Page